Switch Hitting Two-Way Player (SIGNED FOR 2019-20 WINTER SEASON)
Name: Stefan Leclerc
Weight: 185 lbskg
DOB: March 3, 1997
Date Available: January 8, 2019Will Pay Flight
Positions: 2B, SS
Positions (alt): 1B, 3B, OF, SP, RP
College: Kalamazoo College
Baseball has been my passion since I was a young child. Growing up in South Florida, I’ve had the opportunity to play year round for my entire baseball career and it only helped enhance my love for the game. I’ve also had the chance to play against the best of the best, including many major league prospects. I pride myself on being a student of the game, and taking no opportunity for granted.
In high school, I was a team captain and a 2X All-Conference and All-District pitcher, while being the starting shortstop my junior year and the starting second baseman my senior year. After arriving at college as a two-way player and earning a role in the starting rotation, I suffered a torn labrum which limited me to only DH-ing and basically sidelined me for about two years. I battled back from the injury and regained full strength by my Junior year. I was second in the conference in OBP and started in the outfield for the first time in my baseball career. My senior year did not go as planned, as I struggled at the start and began pressing. After battling all-season long, I was able to overcome my struggles and finish my career strong. I ended my career with a homerun in my final at bat and a strikeout on the mound in my only collegiate pitching appearance.
I’m aware of my high strikeout numbers, and it is something my coach and I have worked on. I often became too picky as a hitter knowing that I wanted to go for hard contact and extra-base hits all the time which lead to more walks, but also more strikeouts. It’s strange because I never had that mentality until my junior year. Towards the end of my senior year, I altered my approach and began trusting my swing more. I became more aggressive when I saw strikes instead of waiting for that one pitch. That is one of the reasons I felt overseas would be the best option because I feel as if I haven’t played to my full ability yet, and I have put too much time and preparation into the game to give it up at this point in my career.
My struggles and injuries have taught me to appreciate each and every opportunity that comes my way in the world of baseball. I have always strived to be a professional baseball player, and I am ready and willing to make any and all sacrifices to achieve that dream. We can only play for so long, and I hope to play for as long as I can.
Abilities summary: I was a natural MIF/3B coming out of high school and in college, I’ve had the opportunity to start in LF, CF, RF, 1B, and DH. I was also a pitcher in high school and sat at 84-86mph. Here are my high school pitching stats:
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Stefan is a very athletic and versatile player. In college he showcased this versatility starting for multiple years in both in the infield and outfield and was a large part of our offense as a switch hitting catalyst. His baseball IQ is exceptional and was a leader on and off the field for our program. His character is his greatest asset as he was a trusted member of our program and someone who always was an ambassador of excellence for our program. He is an exceptional young man with high character and integrity who makes his teammates better and always makes a positive impact anywhere he goes.
I have been a coach of sport development for 22 years in baseball and many other sports. I have coached hundreds of athletes at all levels, including Major League baseball. Stefan Leclerc is one of the most dedicated players I have ever had the opportunity to coach. Coaching Stefan over the last 5 years I have seen how resilient this player is. Through ups and downs with injuries he is on a relentless pursuit of improving his performance. His perseverance and dedication is admirable. He never missed a single coaching session in 5 years. He received the NSCA collegiate Strength athlete of the year because of his dedication to higher performance. You will get a player that lives and breathes baseball and sport. If you want a leader on your baseball team, a player that is willing to play on any given day at any position, he is the player to select.
It’s difficult for scouts to discover an athlete who has the four qualities they look for (athleticism, character, attitude, potential to be great). Stefan has all four. He’s an outstanding athlete, his character is very attractive, and has a positive mental attitude. It’s visible to anyone watching the greatness within. His character and attitude alone will elevate the performance of any team he associates with.
Living preferences: Living on my own, Living with teammates with my own private bedroom, Living with teammates in a shared bedroom, Living with a host family
Return home: I can stay as long as it takes to complete a season
Prior engagements: No
Recent injuries/illnesses: N/A
Traveling with a companion: Possible Short-Term Visit/Possible Teammate Joining Me
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